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Menendez trial in turmoil as jurors
admit hearing explosive comments

New Jersey Star-Ledger, by Thomas Moriarty and MaryAnn Spoto

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 11/14/2017 4:46:50 AM

NEWARK -- Seven of the 16 jurors and alternates in the trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez raised their hands when U.S. District Judge William Walls on Monday morning asked whether they´d heard or read anything about the case, prompting the judge to take them into his chambers individually to get more details. The inquiry came after defense attorneys in the trial noted that widespread news coverage of an excused juror´s public statements may have tainted the remaining members of the panel. The defense said they were concerned about statements made to the press by Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby on Thursday after she was

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lala, 11/14/2017 5:59:47 AM     (No. 11451397)

It saddens me to say I´ve lost faith in jury trials. If you´re a minority, it seems, all it takes is one minority on the jury to get a not guilty verdict when evidence is overwhelming.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/14/2017 6:10:53 AM     (No. 11451400)

Some people just can´t resist getting their little moment in the spotlight. Totally agree with #1.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/14/2017 6:32:03 AM     (No. 11451409)

The female juror who got loose and proclaimed him innocent.

(Did I just see her go by in her new chauffeur-friven Rolls?)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/14/2017 7:27:40 AM     (No. 11451456)

Set up? Was she chosen for just this reason?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: winnie1, 11/14/2017 7:37:33 AM     (No. 11451467)

Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby should be on trial next! This woman should have shut her pie hole.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pensom2, 11/14/2017 7:59:32 AM     (No. 11451495)

A competent judge should have been able to prevent this renegade juror from creating this havoc.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: hershey, 11/14/2017 8:07:37 AM     (No. 11451507)

My granddaddy, bless his departed soul, always told me never trust a woman with two last names or a man in a bow tie, or a man wearing a belt and suspenders...

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Reply 8 - Posted by: strike3, 11/14/2017 8:25:49 AM     (No. 11451525)

He´ll get off one way or another. Look who he is.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: fed-up, 11/14/2017 8:45:44 AM     (No. 11451538)

This juror is saying, according to this article, that she was the only one that was voting not guilty for Menendez. I has heard previously that most were for not guilty and only a few were voting guilty.

Mistrial? Seems like would be a win for Menendez.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fayebeck, 11/14/2017 8:56:23 AM     (No. 11451549)

Jurors are like Seals. Can´t keep their mouth shut.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 11/14/2017 9:07:10 AM     (No. 11451558)

When millions are at stake, or celebrities are on trial, juries of common people get flummoxed and insecure. They build up the defendant into a God-like figure and then they go wobbly for no reason what-so-ever except imagined possibilities. They are only people. They feel small and vulnerable. Even though the movie "12 Angry Men" was an absurdity, it is worth watching again. They let a perfectly guilty person walk all because of fake evidence illegally introduced into the jury room and failed to deliver justice because of their own prejucides and self doubts.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jackburton, 11/14/2017 9:15:38 AM     (No. 11451569)

One phrase keeps coming to mind:

"That´s good goat!"


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Reply 13 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 11/14/2017 9:17:12 AM     (No. 11451571)

Having served on two criminal cases juries, one both as Jury Foreman ond one a death penalty case, I can say from my experience the jurors invovled have absolutely nothing in commmon with the sterotypes mentioned. They took their job seriously and there was considerable and productive debate. And just because a jury member is black doesn´t mean they vote based on color. I didn´t witness anything of the sort. Placing common, untrained people on juries is placing huge burden on those individuals chosen. However, I would much rather take my chances with true jurors of my peers than professional (and easily corruptible) jurors. Is the system perfect, no. But serving on a jury is the only responsiblity the Constitution grants where common citizens have a direct say on the outcome of a goobernment process. It is the ultimate check and balance.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: deborah grannet, 11/14/2017 9:32:21 AM     (No. 11451584)

There was a time when I would have agreed with #13. Indeed I would LIKE to agree with #13. Unfortunately the rise of emotional nonsense in our society today, along with the decline of logic and common sense, make it impossible for me to agree...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Davids918, 11/14/2017 11:01:45 AM     (No. 11451664)

Watch for her house to suddenly be paid off, or something of that nature to "thank" her for her service of protecting a Democrat Senator from NJ (remember the Lautenburg appointment?). and ensure Chris Christie can´t appoint a GOP Senator.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Leathernuts, 11/14/2017 11:21:25 AM     (No. 11451684)

Sadly I agree with #14. Judge Nep on F&F this AM spelled out potential reasons for mis-trial, mostly the actions of the judge, i.e., precise daily quitting times, no Friday court, and this in spite of the fact he knew about the jurors vacation plans. Why let her on the jury in the first place if you were just gonna let her leave before finishing? Pick folks who are there for the duration. As to the quality of jurors, many are just no-loads who are not smart enough to have a reason to get dismissed. My peers, Meh? Menendez walks...justice served? Not!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Butch59, 11/14/2017 11:42:04 AM     (No. 11451713)

I´ll bet a bent nickel that Menendez will walk free as a bird when this is all over. And he will go around telling everyone just that it was something cooked up. And then he will simply return doing the same things all over. After all, he was found innocent.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dvc, 11/14/2017 12:13:08 PM     (No. 11451733)

Corrupt or stupid judge did not sequester the jury. Is he trying to get Menendez off?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Leathernuts, 11/14/2017 12:52:24 PM     (No. 11451765)

Please forgive a quick second post, but do any gentle L-dotters have any history on this judge? He looks to be a stalinist... s/f

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Butch, 11/14/2017 1:20:18 PM     (No. 11451789)

I recall hearing the late Justice Scalia interviewed about jury trials vs. bench trials, where a judge determines the facts and renders a decision. He said that if he were charged with a crime and innocent, he´d prefer a bench trial; if he were guilty, he´d opt for a jury trial. ´Nuff said.

Having served on many juries in both civil and criminal cases, I´ve seen misconduct by jurors that almost set my hair on fire. A lot of jurors refuse to follow clearly stated instructions from the trial judge. Twice I´ve threatened to summon the bailiff, and both times the miscreants backed down. One juror in a trial for a robbery kept yammering about the film "Twelve Angry Men." Great film, and a terrible standard to set.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: stryker714, 11/14/2017 1:34:37 PM     (No. 11451806)

Menendez´ attorney probably dropped the word, "disenfranchised", after asking him if he´d like to get off the charges, sooner than later. Then we have this gem of a juror say what she said.
Don´t worry though the American media hasn´t forgotten about Bob´s faux paux with the underage Dominican Republic prostitutes and are going to add him to the list of culprits, any day now. Right? /s.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: dwa, 11/14/2017 1:39:48 PM     (No. 11451811)

Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby is an idiot. Why the judge did not put a gag order on her when he dismissed her is questionable. This woman is/was trying to taint the jury by publicity to her way of thinking. Our legal system is broken -- intentionally, by the Dems.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: rocco49, 11/14/2017 7:50:37 PM     (No. 11452044)

Lock that perv up! He´s so guilty!

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